And now a list of my favorite songs. I could seriously have about 100 songs on this list, but that might be a bit too much. This is a list of 20 songs that I instantly hit repeat when I heard them the first time. These are songs that got in my head and just wouldn’t leave.

1. Weed/Foxes in Fiction – Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)

2. Sprawl II: Mountains Beyond Mountains – Arcade Fire

3. Hope Child – Free Energy

4. Heart To Tell – The Love Language

5. All Yr Songs – Diamond Rings

6. Carolina – Girls

7. Infinity Guitars – Sleigh Bells

8. Mason Jar – Morning Benders

9. It Gets Your Body Moving – Suckers

10. Who Knows Who Cares – Local Natives

11. Waterfall – The Fresh and The Onlys

12. Anchorage – Surfer Blood

13. Down By The Water – The Drums

14. Meet the Frownies – Twin Sister

15. Waiting on You – Sun Airway

16. Marathon – Tennis

17. Castles in the Snow – Twin Shadow

18. Moonville Tunnel – Mutual Benefit

19. To Old Friends and New – Titus Andronicus

20. It’s Not Meant to Be – Tame Impala

Up next, Internet Famous. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what that’s all about.

This is an alphabetical list (by band) of 40 albums that basically live in my headphones. I couldn’t get enough of these when they were first released and I still can’t get enough.

Crush – Abe Vigoda

The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

Before Today – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Teen Dream – Beach House

Magic Central – Breathe Owl Breathe

Black Teeth and Golden Tongues – Burnt Ones

Sleep Forever – Crocodiles

Halcyon Digest – Deerhunter

Silver – Eternal Summers

Stuck on Nothing – Free Energy

Play it Strange – The Fresh and The Onlys

Relayted – Gayngs

All Day – Girl Talk

Hippies – Harlem

That’s How We Burn – Jaill

Mare – Julian Lynch

This is Happening – LCD Soundsystem

Root to Ruin – Les Savy Fav

Gorilla Manor – Local Natives

Libraries – The Love Language

Memphis – Magic Kids

Nothing Hurts – Male Bonding

FORTRESS – Miniature Tigers

Big Echo – The Morning Benders

Oryx + Crake – Oryx + Crake

One of Us – Pomegrantes

Clinging to a Scheme – The Radio Dept.

Prism Eyes – Reading Rainbow

Treats – Sleigh Bells

Let It Sway – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Wild Smile – Suckers

Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier – Sun Airway

Astro Coast – Surfer Blood

Innerspeaker – Tame Impala

The Monitor – Titus Andronicus

Forget – Twin Shadow

Contra – Vampire Weekend

King of the Beach – Wavves

Sand & Lines – Venice Is Sinking

Gemini – Wild Nothing

This list is part one of my four-part post regarding my favorite music of 2010.¬†Stay tuned for my list of favorite 7″, 10″, and 12″ EPs and singles of 2010.

Best of 2010 :: so far

Best of 2010 :: so far

I’m not good at putting stuff in numerical order. Mainly because I can’t choose just one thing that I think is the best. So, here’s my list of favorite 2010 releases, so far.

Local Natives – Gorilla Manor

Julian Lynch – Mare

Surfer Blood – Astro Coast

Morning Benders – Big Echo

Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing

Beach House – Teen Dream

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

Delta Spirit – History From Below

Wolf Parade – Expo 86

Sleigh Bells – Treats

Venice Is Sinking – Sand & Lines

Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record

Wavves – King Of The Beach (Only available digitally, physical release August 3)

Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

Oryx + Crake – S/T

Delorean – Subiza

Golden Triangle – Double Jointer

Indian Jewelry – Totaled

Suckers – Wild Smile

Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts

Cults – Go Outside 7″ EP

Sunny Ali & The Kid – Try Harder EP

So there you have it. My list of releases I could listen to all day, everyday. And then some.
Curious about what’s to come? I anticipate Best Coast’s Crazy For You (July 27), Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs (August 3) and Les Savy Fav’s Root For Ruin (September 14) will be added to this growing list of favorites.

Local Natives :: Wide Eyes (Teen Daze remix)

Local Natives :: Wide Eyes (Teen Daze remix)

About a week or so ago the guys of Local Natives released stems to the songs from Gorilla Manor on a microsite they set up. For the cost of an email address you can download the stems and create something out of these incredible tunes. And the remixes are posted on the site for people to listen to. Suckers’ remix of “Wide Eyes” got the ball rolling and now there are five others to check out including this one from Teen Daze.

mp3: Local Natives: Wide Eyes (Teen Daze Remix)

Here’s the remix from Suckers for you to enjoy in case you missed it.

mp3: Local Natives: Wide Eyes (Suckers Remix)

June 8th will be the start of something huge :: New Music Night AKA Soon To Be On Repeat @ Criminal Records

June 8th will be the start of something huge :: New Music Night AKA Soon To Be On Repeat @ Criminal Records

On Tuesday, June 8 at 7 pm my friend, Tim Lampe at I’m a Bear, Etc. and I will host New Music Night Soon To Be On Repeat at Criminal Records in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood.

New Music Night Soon To Be On Repeat with Tim & Emily is a listening party with a twist. Our goal is to offer up some great new releases from various artists and start a conversation. We will play a few tracks from each release and then discuss them.

The first New Music Night will feature new music from the following bands/artists:
Tokyo Police Club
Born Ruffians
Sleigh Bells
Blitzen Trapper
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Delta Spirit
Here We Go Magic

Criminal Records is located at 1154-A Euclid Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307
We hope to see you there!

Something Dreamy for the Road :: Summer 2010 Play List

Something Dreamy for the Road :: Summer 2010 Play List

This year already proved itself as a fantastic year for releases and shows. Something Dreamy for the Road is a list of music released in 2010 and it’s music that I am absolutely in love with. This is an on going list of awesome, so look for a part two in the fall or maybe sooner. Who knows? I may need to do a part 3. You can listen to most of the songs below, but I suggest you get out there and buy the records because those are just tastes of how awesome those albums actually are.

Camera Talk – Local Natives

Dream City  [Live in Austin] РFree Energy
Their whole album, Stuck On Nothing, is a soundtrack to summer. This song is my favorite song on the album and it’s a live track because these guys sound incredible live.

Take Care – Beach House

Truth Sets In – Avi Buffalo

More or Less – The Soft Pack

Our Deal – Best Coast

Holiday – Vampire Weekend

Crown on the Ground – Sleigh Bells

The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

Odessa – Caribou

Stay Close – Delorean

Tugboat – Venice Is Sinking
Seriously, Venice Is Sinking is one of the greatest bands to come out of Athens in quite sometime. They are definitely Wholly Roller approved. Sand & Lines will be available on June 15 and proceeds go to rebuilding the Georgia Theatre that burned in 2009.

Life Coach – Fang Island

Let Go – jj

Dance Yrslf Clean – LCD Soundsystem

It Gets Your Body Moving – Suckers
The one I chose is from the Daytrotter Session they did, its probably the best I’ve heard (besides live, of course). Wild Smile will be available on June 8 and I can tell you this, it will be awesome.

Take It Easy – Surfer Blood

Crown on the Ground – Sleigh Bells

Friday in Paris – Strange Boys

Thieves – She & Him

Cold War (Nice Clean Fight) – The Morning Benders

Deadbeat Summer – Neon Indian

BONUS song because I love you guys and this is a mix of two things I love: Suckers and Local Natives.

Band Crush :: Local Natives

Band Crush :: Local Natives

If you know me, you know that my latest obsession is Local Natives. I love them. Mustache, beards, cute curly hair and all.
Anyway, so the music. Their music is fantastic. I mean if you like awesome music with three-part harmonies, percussion blasts and thoughtful lyrics, you’ll definitely like Local Natives. Their debut record, Gorilla Manor, is out now on Frenchkiss Records and you need to buy it. Go!
On Saturday, May 1, I was lucky enough to catch these incredible dudes, who hail from Silverlake, CA, twice when they stopped in Atlanta. Once at Criminal Records in Little Five Points and then later that night at The Masquerade. Both shows were amazing. The unplugged acoustic in-store was crowded and intimate. They played the popular Airplanes, Sun Hands, Wide Eyes and my personal favorite, a cover of the Talking Heads‘ song Warning Sign. And of course because they are super nice, they stuck around, signed autographs and chatted with some fans before heading down the street to The Masquerade.
That night at The Masquerade, they played to a packed house downstairs in the area of the venue known as “Hell”. Again, very intimate and very crowded, but in a good way. The only complaint I have is the crowd was rather dead. I felt like my group of friends and me were the only people moving. Especially during Suckers (follow them on Twitter and give them a thumbs up on Facebook), the opening act from Brooklyn, NY. Maybe everyone was just in awe of these two really fantastic bands, who knows? Needless to say the show didn’t let me down. They put on such an incredible show and are such nice guys (I can’t say that enough, they are SO nice!). Both bands hung out with fans after the Masquerade show, signing autographs and posing for pictures. Side note, Suckers is releasing their debut, Wild Smile, in June. It’s going to awesome!
Seriously, you have to at least check out Local Natives. You can catch them in a city near you on this current tour, check their website or Myspace for dates. They will also be at Bonnaroo (June 10-13). I know I’ll make an effort to see them again as soon as possible, you should as well!
Pst… follow Local Natives on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook if you know what’s good for you.
And if you don’t believe me when I say, “This band is great!” Just give them a listen, this song is also a favorite of mine.

Who Knows, Who Cares